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West Fargo man sentenced for stealing woman’s purse and car, burglarizing her home

FARGO - A West Fargo man alleged to have stolen a woman's purse, taken her car and burglarized her home was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison.

Dustin James Henrickson
Dustin James Henrickson

FARGO – A West Fargo man alleged to have stolen a woman’s purse, taken her car and burglarized her home was sentenced Tuesday to two years in prison.

Dustin James Henrickson, who has numerous prior felony convictions for theft and burglary, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of false reports to law enforcement and two felonies: theft and criminal conspiracy.

Cass County District Judge Douglas Herman, who sentenced Henrickson, credited him with having already spent 102 days in jail. The sentence also applied to two other cases in which Henrickson pleaded guilty to theft and criminal conspiracy, both felony charges.

In September, the victim told Fargo police that her purse, which held the keys to her vehicle and house, had been stolen while she was attending a function at the Radisson Hotel, 201 Fifth St. N.

Police said Henrickson, 24, and Ashley Jean Bigalke, 32, used the keys to take the victim’s vehicle and enter her home. The two were in the process of burglarizing the home when the victim’s parents came to check on the house at the victim’s request, police said. Henrickson and Bigalke fled the home, and they were later arrested.

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Earlier this month, Bigalke pleaded guilty to felony charges of theft and criminal conspiracy. She was ordered to complete drug court and to spend two years on supervised probation. She was credited with having spent 103 days in jail.

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